“Charlie MacPherson”


MacPherson comes to (Kinaldie) to wed Helen. Arriving, he is told that she has gone to wed at Whitehouse. MacPherson sets out for Whitehouse, but finding her apparently truly married, he wishes her well.


This ballad is lost except for the two fragments in Child, and leaves many questions. Throughout the ballad, one expects MacPherson to abduct the girl (as in "Katherine Jaffray"); why else go to all that effort? Yet there is no indication of this happening; all ends quietly. If we had a truly complete text, it might be much more interesting. - RBW


  1. Child 234, "Charlie MacPherson" (2 texts)
  2. Roud #3881
  3. BI, C234


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1800
Found in: Britain(Scotland)